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The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the launch of a timesheet application for smartphones. The application allows employees to track their hours and calculate wages due based on hours worked. The DOL’s introduction of the timesheet app is consistent with its recent focus on assisting employees with wage and hour litigation. This past December, the DOL implemented its new DOL-ABA program whereby the DOL will provide a referral to a private lawyer in situations where the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division decides not to pursue a claim. The new timesheet app, if used by employees, will clearly assist the DOL or a private lawyer in the prosecution of a wage or hour dispute.
The timesheet application, available here, is free and currently compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch. According to the DOL, it will explore updates in the future that could enable similar versions for other smartphone platforms, such as Android and BlackBerry, and other pay-tracking features not currently provided for, such as tips, commission, bonuses etc.
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